enewsWorld reveals their “Top 5 Male Idol Groups of 2012”
Although we’re looking forward to what 2013 has in store, we can’t close out 2012 without looking back on the stars, dramas, movies and more that shined this year, so we’re launching a new series here at enewsWorld, called 12 Days of 2012, to round up and reflect on one exciting year in Korean entertainment.
We′re delving into the year in music today, and who better to kick things off than the small armies of men who dominated the K-Pop scene!
One of the most formidable rookies of the year, B.A.P showed no mercy in 2012, proving to be the ‘Best, Absolute, Perfect’ on all fronts in the K-Pop world, releasing a steady string of hits since its debut.
Within 2012 alone, the group pumped out songs Warrior, Secret Love, Power, No Mercy, Crash and Stop It (still with us?), all showing off the boys’ various charms.
It’s hard to believe the boys are only approaching their one-year anniversary, as they’ve been popping up all over the world, from Los Angeles to the German music charts and Europe at large.
From sweeping music programs with number one hit The Chaser to the members battling it out in their own variety show, Infinite’s Rank King, on Mnet, we could barely keep up with idol group Infinite this year.
So, we’re sure Infinite barely had a moment to catch their breath, as the boys not only left their mark in Korea, they took on Japan, topping the Oricon chart, touring the country and even going 3D.
How the members had the time to venture into solo activities, from Hoya appearing in hit tvN drama Reply 1997 to Sung Kyu releasing a solo album, we’ll never know.
Newer idol groups may have had a standout year, but veteran boy band Shinhwa beat the odds and made a huge comeback, fit for the history books, in 2012.
Shinhwa came back full force with the members not only tackling the K-Pop world with chart topper Venus, but putting each other on blast on their own billboard variety show Shinhwa Broadcast.
The Shinhwa members showed the younger male idol groups how the men do it but made sure to remind us that they’re still kids at heart, proving that Shinhwa never gets old.
You don’t need us to remind you what a huge year 2012 was for Big Bang, but after ending 2011 on somewhat of a rough patch, we witnessed the members come back to life with fifth mini album Alive before driving the point home even harder that it was here to stay with special edition album Still Alive.
Chart topping songs and sold out concerts worldwide are a given at this point. But getting the members’ faces plastered on an airplane? That was new.
Simply put, we were all just living in Big Bang’s world in 2012.
A little competition didn’t faze Super Junior, as the mega idol group, when it wasn’t pumping out hits of its own, was taking its sold out Super Show 4 across Asia, Europe and the U.S. Despite the members playing musical chairs throughout the year with Kangin rejoining the group for its Sexy, Free & Single and Spy promotions after completing his mandatory military duties to leader Leeteuk’s departure for the army in October, the boys didn’t miss a beat and remained at the top for most of 2012.Super Junior unsurprisingly stole the show in 2012.